MassLive reports the council voted 7-6 yesterday for a school budget that will force all BPS students in seventh and eighth grades to ride the T to school this fall, or find another way there.
WBUR reports BPS hopes to save $8 million a year by switching from school buses to CharlieCards.
Among those voting for the cost-saving measure: At-large Councilor Steve Murphy, who wants to add $2 million to the police budget for horses and who said if he had to ride the T as a youth, so could today's kids.
Most students in the seventh and eighth grades at the two Latin schools already get student CharlieCards, although they also get a series of special T buses that divert from their regular routes to go to and from the schools, for which BPS pays the T.
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